Before I launch into the latest arrest connected with the Norwalk Public School System (NPS), isn’t it time we ask ourselves why we are here again? One answer, Fay Rutolo is dangerously incompetent. It’s not as if there’s an absence of a long legal trail of incidents that the NPS has had to defend itself against. It’s not as if parents, teachers and even principals haven’t been clamoring for action on personnel issues for years.
The latest incident, soon to hit the headlines in the main stream media, is that a BMHS art teacher, John Tate, 54 from Trumbull, has been arrested for sexual assault last night on a female student. According to the police report he is being held on a $150k bond. But that’s not the only one currently under Ruotolo’s lame investigation. There’s an alleged female substitute teacher at Brigg’s under investigation for “sexual relations” with male students and an ELL aide who allegedly is under investigation for fondling a female student.
As details emerge, I’ll post them, but after the arrest of Stacy Lore, you would think that Ruotolo would be in hot water over her many years of inaction on that score. This is just unacceptable.
UPDATE 12:17 pm Friday:
The NPD press release:
Norwalk Police Investigate Sexual Assault
On April 27, 2010 an anonymous tip was received through the Norwalk Police Department website. The tip alleged that a Brien McMahon High School teacher, John Tate, was involved in a sexual relationship with a female student. The tip was turned over to the Norwalk Police Department Youth Bureau who initiated a complete investigation.
The investigation confirmed that John Tate is in fact employed at Brien McMahon High School as head of the Arts Department. It was discovered Tate was also under investigation by Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF) for allegations of inappropriate conduct with students. Tate had been placed on leave pending the outcome of the DFC investigation.
Interviews revealed that Tate, age 54, was involved in an intimate relationship with a 17 year old female student and engaged in sexual encounters both on and off school grounds. The investigation also revealed that Tate provided the student with alcoholic beverages on at least one occasion.
Search and Seizure Warrants were obtained from the Superior Court for property belonging to Tate that contained evidence of a crime. The search warrants were served and several items were seized. An arrest warrant affidavit was reviewed and approved by the Superior Court for John Tate for the Charge of Sexual Assault 2nd Degree. Bond was set by the court at $150,000.00.
Investigators took Tate into custody at his residence on April 29, 2010 without incident. Tate did not post bond and was transferred to Norwalk Superior Court for arraignment this morning.
The investigation remains open and additional criminal charges may follow.
Arrested: Charge: Sexual Assault 2nd Degree
John Randy Tate Class C Felony
7 Edgewood Avenue Bond: $150,000.00
UPDATE: post has been changed to reflect it is a Brigg’s substitute teacher.